PILA Ambassadors are young people who are committed to spreading awareness about PILA's initiatives through social media and other communication channels. They are passionate, intelligent, activist voices that bring to our organization awareness of social media trends and ways to connect people globally.
Katya Knadjian was born in Los Angeles, California but comes from a multicultural background, which includes Hispanic and European heritage. Some of her passions include volunteering, dance, filmmaking, and photography. She loves to share her stories and experiences she has lived through her art.
Emilia Kyriazis is a student at University of Texas at Austin majoring in Public Relations. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Emilia is also half Greek and holds pride in her heritage. Seeing how Greece has been affected by the refugee crisis, she is eager to assist in creating a better future for those involved.
Marissa Sable is from Woodbury, New York. She is studying Public Policy, particularly education and criminal justice reform at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Outside of Marissa’s academic passions, she likes to spend her time hiking, running, traveling, or snuggled up with a good book (and some chocolate)!
Melegin Flores a student at UC San Diego. She is majoring in Human Developmental Sciences with a specialization in Equity Diversity and minoring in Education. Her experience as an immigrant has led her to develop a special interest in education for migrant children. After having the opportunity to volunteer at the Border Nest in Tijuana, she is excited to be able to continue working with PILA.
Michael Gorman was born and raised in Maryland and is currently attending Colorado College. He is a Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies major and a Journalism minor.
Laura Brown volunteered with The Nest in Samos, Greece for 6 weeks in 2019 and has since begun a Master's degree in Art Therapy in London. She hopes to one day use this knowledge to return to The Nest and spend more time with the children in a more therapeutic capacity.